American Notes: Language Problem

Once again, like a recurring jungle fever, Viet Nam forced itself to the front of the nation's consciousness. Richard Nixon is certainly "winding down" the war. But he seems unable to extricate the Government completely from the credibility gap dug in Lyndon Johnson's time, and sometimes he deepens the gap himself.

Explanations of the recent bombings of North Viet Nam came out in confused and misleading segments. First the heavy raids in the southern part of the country were billed as "protective reaction" to the downing of a U.S. reconnaissance plane. Then it was acknowledged that they were aimed at...

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